Say hej to IKEA Hackers – the mavericks that modify and repurpose IKEA products in the name of personality. Some of their cunning ‘hacks’ can be rolled out like Swedish meatballs whilst others require power tools and lots of ingenuity.
Below IKEA Hackers founder Jules Yap runs down six fantastic hacks for vinyl lovers, plus a bonus one of our own.
Words: Jules Yap
Enter the house of pretty much any record collector in the world and you’re bound to stumble upon an EXPEDIT shelf. So when, in 2014, IKEA announced that it would be discontinuing the range, collectors were up in arms. The reaction caught IKEA off-guard.
For a generation, IKEA’s square build bookshelf had been the storage unit of choice for vinyl fanatics, taking advantage of the happy coincidence that each unit is the perfect height and depth for 12″ vinyl. Some threatened to forsake IKEA unless it continued producing the model. That was two years ago but the music played on.
In taking the EXPEDIT out of rotation, IKEA unveiled the KALLAX, a substitute of similar proportions that has since become the product of choice for records. Whilst the KALLAX has proved to be a worthy successor to the EXPEDIT, it’s still a rather bland option. Hopefully the hacks that follow will inspire you to get creative with your furniture, IKEA or otherwise.
Modern Turntable Console
If you don’t have that much floor space, this BESTÅ hi-fi table and storage combo may be right up your alley. Plus it looks super chic.
The hack uses IKEA’s BESTÅ shelf/ height extension unit, with the centre divider moved to the left to make extra room for records.
IKEA was careful to maintain the dimensions of KALLAX’s cubby holes, though they shrank the outer dimensions. In any case, records still fit the KALLAX perfectly. The shelves don’t have doors though and if you like things to look more streamlined, you’ll love this hack.
The GLADSAX photo frames play nice with the KALLAX cubes. The frames are an almost exact fit but it do require a bit of cutting in the KALLAX shelf to fit the hinges.
If you’re not into the KALLAX, there’s always BILLY. You can easily create a front-facing vinyl storage by threading a string through the dowel holes of the BILLY. You will of course need to get the drill out first!
As you may know, the LACK range is made of mush. It’s hollow and filled with cardboard. Hardly the thing to hold up heavy amps and such. But with a bit of ingenuity, you can mod the LACK into an impressive hi-fi rack. This one uses seven LACK side tables and one coffee table, with all bases reinforced with solid wood. The legs are made of M24 treaded rods for height-adjustable racks.
This musical bed is the grand product of two EXPEDIT shelving units, MDF, wood screws, a power drill and, erm, duct tape. With a capacity of around 500 records, it’s an ideal small space living solution. That said, if you’ve got room to play with, it’s also possible to construct a king size bed using exactly the same materials.
And in case you’re wondering, the hack also works with the new KALLAX range.
Inspired by IKEA Hackers we dug out a special bonus seventh hack for the ultra ambitious bedroom DJ-come-carpenters out there. Behold DJ Puzzle’s DJ booth:
For about $200 in materials, you can turn pieces from your KALLAX, CAPITA and LACK lines into a nifty home DJ setup. Watch the full video here to see DJ Puzzle reveals all. Get the tools out, you don’t get rewards like this with an allen key and a mini pencil.